Rates of obesity are rising alarmingly in many parts of the world, and this trend is not restricted to adults, childhood rates are also soaring.
Australia is today ranked as one of the “fattest” nations in the developed world. Not something we should be proud of.
We eat too much and don’t exercise enough..!!!
With the increased availability of cheap, energy-dense foods and drinks the prevalence of obesity in Australia has more than doubled in the past 20 years. (1)
Obesity has been described as an "epidemic" with increasing frequency – you only need to look around you. “Now more common than infectious diseases”, the effects of obesity include cardiovascular diseases, arterial hypertension, various types of tumours/cancers and diabetes, as well as arthritis – to name a few.
Obesity is a condition of excess body fat. In general, body fat accumulates when the energy intake from food and drink is greater than the energy expended through physical activity over an extended period of time.
This is something that we were taught in school, but maybe didn’t understand properly.
A recently published Cochrane review of interventions for preventing obesity in children concluded that there are “limited high quality data on the effectiveness of prevention programs” (4).
However, findings do suggest that there are beneficial effects on health, with daily physical activity programmes that have been implemented within existing primary school curricula.
Obesity in children and adolescents is a major concern, not only because of health and social problems in the short-term, but also because there is a high risk it may and usually does continue into adulthood and affect long-term health,like heart disease and or diabetes.
Did you also know, that a chemical called phthalates (colourless man-made substances used in a number of everyday cosmetic products) could increase someone’s risk of obesity and diabetes?
It was reported that those people who are more exposed to phthalates were more likely to gain weight, and those that had a presence of phthalates in their bloodstream were more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
In addition phthalates in men have an anti-testosterone capacity linked to weight gain, while in women they disrupt the hormone balance similar to those that might occur during the menopause or at puberty. (3)
So what IS the answer…??
MAYBE only education about what makes us FIT– not fat, will save us..
How can we combat obesity?
Unfortunately there is no simple solution or singular approach.
Obesity costs Australian taxpayers an estimated $1.5 billion every year in direct health costs.
People with Obesity have an increased overall risk of death, as well as higher Relative Risk (RR) of: Type II diabetes; Cardiovascular Disease, including Coronary Heart Disease, stroke (RR up to 1.8) and hypertension (RR up to 2.35), osteoarthritis (RR up to 2.45); various cancers – colorectal, breast, uterine and kidney (RR up to 1.75); and other health conditions (5).
(Indirect health costs are harder to estimate. They include – work absenteeism, production lost to premature death, and the hundreds of millions to combat obesity & chronic disease).
*The Government is going to be spending in excess of 8 million dollars over the next 6 years to promote healthy behaviours.
I believe we have to educate people on how to have a healthy eating lifestyle and a new relationship with food. Everyone can and should seek changes to their lifestyle to help them stay a healthy weight. But not everyone understands where to get help or where to start.
That’s where we come in… If you know of someone who needs help with their diet get them to make an appointment with Libby or Clarence by calling (07) 4128 2899, and they can talk about our Keep It Off Food Plan.
Dieting, exercise, and medication have long been regarded as the conventional methods to weight loss.
Here at the Hervey Bay Wellbeing Centre we have The Keep It Off program. We can help guide you and support you through the process of losing excess fat.. Whilst encouraging you to understand how to achieve and transform your life into ultimate health.
Prevention is the key to any health-related issue..
Here are a few simple steps to help you…
- Stay Active – simple activities, such as taking the stairs or walking to the store, can help tremendously.
- Eat Healthy – look at the choices we make in regards to the food we consume. Less takeaways and more ‘back to basics’ cooking.
- Monitor your food intake – Only eat till you are 80% full. Do not overeat..!!
Have a Wonderful Week and Be Well,
From the Team at Hervey Bay Wellbeing, Anti- Aging & Longevity Centre
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P.S. Being overweight and obesity are avoidable diseases. To prevent them we need to choose the right food and be more physically active.
P.P.S Listen to your body. Don’t eat so much during a meal that you are stuffed. Stop when you are 80% full, even if that means leaving some.
P.P.P.S. Please give us a call us on (07) 4128 2899 to speak with us about healthier alternatives to your wellbeing.